North America

Argument

The Case for Canamerica

The far-out, incredibly earnest argument for why the U.S. should merge with its northern neighbor.

J. Dana Stuster |

Christian Caryl

What My Daughter Deserves

The United Nations wants us to make life better for girls. It's a worthy aim. But what does that mean in practice?

Christian Caryl |

Investigation

How Congress Screwed Up America's Security Clearance System

Blame profits, politics -- and a huge growth in secrecy-obsessed institutions.

Rebecca LaFlure |

Dispatch

My Booze-Soaked, $12,000 Round-Trip Junket to Nowhere

Qatar Airways sits reporters in vibrating seats, loads them with 39-year-old wine, and never explicitly asks for glowing press coverage.

Shane Harris |

Argument

Take Them Off the Leash

Why the U.S. should grant Iranian journalists freedom to report, outside a 25-mile radius of New York.

Joel Simon |

Reality Check

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

Why a Meatloaf song should guide the U.S. approach to Iran, Syria, and Israel-Palestine.

Aaron David Miller |

Jeffrey Lewis

Armageddon 2

The supremely bad U.S.-Russian plan to nuke asteroids.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Profile

The D.C. Socialite vs. 'The Grill Sergeant'

When the Pentagon tried to save its awful TV channel, it called in Washington's most infamous TV producer-turned-party-thrower.

Gordon Lubold |

By Other Means

Wishful Thinking

Frustrated with Obama's Syria speech? Here are two better ones he could have given.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

Take It and Like It

Why Obama should be thrilled about the Russian chemical weapons deal.

Edward Luttwak |

Christian Caryl

Don't Surrender Libya to the Terrorists

As we mark the anniversary of the death of Chris Stevens, there are some in Washington who'd like to turn the drones loose on Benghazi. Here's why that would be a bad idea.

Christian Caryl |

Gordon Adams

Bad Leftovers

Why there's little hope for a solution to Congress's budget woes.

Gordon Adams |

Terms of Engagement

You Got a Better Idea?

The case for bombs, talks, and everything else in Syria.

James Traub |

Gordon Adams

This Is Not a Horror Story

Why you shouldn't worry about the Pentagon cutting personnel.

Gordon Adams |

Christian Caryl

Just Show It

The U.S. media continue to tiptoe around the horrors of war. It's time to put more violence on TV.

Christian Caryl |

The Pulse

Wane, Wax, Whatever

Why Obama's walking a thin tightrope getting the public on board for a Syrian intervention.

Bruce Stokes |

Micah Zenko

A Translation Guide to Foreign Policy Gibberish

Wondering what is meant by 'all options are on the table'? A spokesperson will 'look into that' for you.

Micah Zenko |

Reality Check

Making a Virtue Out of a Necessity

The four reasons it was inevitable that Obama would go to Congress on Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

Letters

Ottawa Is No Caracas

Debating what it means to be a "rogue petrostate." 

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

Spy Kids

A sci-fi visionary on why the children of tomorrow are the NSA's biggest nightmare.

Charles Stross |

Argument

Why Nobody Cares About the Surveillance State

When you've been groped by the TSA, what's a little NSA spying?

David Rieff |

Report

Two's a Crowd at the Pentagon

Is the Defense Department big enough for Chuck Hagel and his deputy?

Gordon Lubold |

Report

Spy or Die

Can corporate suicide stop the NSA?

Shane Harris |

Dept Of Secrets

Venting and Complaining

How the United States and the Soviet Union tried to conceal the problem of radioactive leaks from underground nuclear tests.

William Burr |

Daniel Altman

Larry Summers, Anger Translator

Is this who you want after Ben Bernanke?

Daniel Altman |

David Rothkopf

Declaring an End to the Decade of Fear

With U.S. national security policy under review, Obama has a chance to cement his legacy for the better. But will he take it?

David Rothkopf |

Argument

The Diplomatic Doldrums

How is the State Department ever going to get a bigger budget if Congress isn’t clear about what it actually does?

Nicholas Kralev |

Argument

Breach or Debate

It's time for Congress to use its freedom of speech power to force the intelligence debate out into the open.

Bruce Ackerman |

Report

NSA Hype Machine

Is Edward Snowden exposing the NSA -- or just buying its sales pitch?

Shane Harris |

Putinology

Below the Radar

Worried about how Edward Snowden will affect President Obama's visit to Russia next month? Moscow isn't.

Anna Nemtsova |